Scientist, Plant Transformation

POSTED: March 16, 2021
BUSINESS: Inari Agriculture, Inc.
START DATE: Immediate Availability


We are looking for a dynamic and self-motivated Scientist to join our fast-growing and collaborative Early Product Development team to work on plant transformation and tissue culture. This is a hands-on lab-based role which requires the ability to concentrate, pay attention to details, work efficiently, troubleshoot and work independently as well as in a team environment.  The right candidate will be well-organized, flexible, able to deliver high quality results on time, and grow and develop talent.  This position will be located at our West Lafayette, IN site.


  • Develop and optimize wheat plant transformation protocols across multiple varieties in a production-scale environment
  • Lead a high-throughput wheat transformation pipeline and be responsible for the delivery of transformed and gene edited plants to the cultivation team by the requested deadlines
  • Supervise, train and instruct lab personnel in specific technical experimental protocols
  • Work with other Scientists and Research Associates to plan and execute experiments, conduct analyses, record data and report results related to one or more projects
  • Interpret data; maintain an accurate, comprehensible, and current laboratory journal
  • Communicate results in written technical reports and oral presentations


  • A doctorate or masters degree in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. molecular biology, plant biotechnology, microbiology)
  • Five or more years of experience working in a laboratory environment (can include graduate work)
  • At least 2 years of team leadership experience that includes training, developing and building a high performing team
  • Hands on experience with plant tissue culture
  • Knowledge/experience in plant regeneration
  • In-depth knowledge of plant cell biology and/or physiology
  • Demonstrated track record of tackling complex problems, leading others to obtain novel insights and driving a culture of innovation
  • Working knowledge of standard office software tools (i.e. Email, word processor, spreadsheet, presentation programs etc.)- experience with Google Suite is a plus
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Curiosity and a desire to continuously learn and have a meaningful impact
  • Creative and strategic thinking, willingness to be bold and take risks
  • A collaborative approach, open to giving and receiving ideas, perspectives, and feedback across multiple site locations


  • Experience in an industrial plant tissue culture group
  • Experience working in a production-scale environment
  • Experience with tissue culture protocols for diverse plant species
  • Familiarity with Benchling and Lab Information Systems (LIMS)

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